Sister Vegetarian Speaking Appearances!!!



Purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days Book at these locations:

http://www.amazon.com/
http://www.lanternbooks.com/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Ask your local book store to order it for you or carry the book!

National Magazines, Radio Shows and Speaking Engagements:

My book Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit (Lantern Books) made Veg News Annual top 12 book list for 2012.

Thank you everyone for your support of making my book within Veg News top 12 book list for 2012. Thank you also for helping to keep the healthy revolution alive, moving, and touching many lives going forward :) Link here at Veg News for reviews of the top 12 books :) Thank you :)

I am in Veg News Magazine's March/April 2012 Issue on Page 90!!!! A wonderful review is given of my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living! To find out where and when you can purchase your Veg News March/April issue, Link here to the international and award winning vegan magazine which is available in 38 countries!

May 27, 2012 - Speaker at the New York City Veggie Pride Parade. Link here for details.

Link here for my 2/29/12 Progressive Radio Interview on the station's show "It's All About Food" with the show's host Caryn Hartglass.

I spoke at the 10/9/11 Baltimore, MD/DC Area 1st Annual VegFest sponsored by Open The Cage Alliance (click here for official VegFest Website of speakers and entertainment). My "Victory" speech can be viewed on You Tube (click here for speech video)

Other speaking engagements included the Oct 27-29 DC event for Farm Sanctuary's National Conference to End Factory Farming where I will spoke on Day 3 (Oct 29) at on the Plant Based Living Panel:Diet As A Tool For Change. I was joined on the panel by NY Times best- selling author and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Link here for my speech in transcript form.


Sister's Vegetarian's Book Information

* More Sister Vegetarian Book News!

2013

Lantern Books has come up with a new e-book entitled "Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler." One of the recipes from my book Sister Vegetarian is listed along with a recipe from vegetarian Sir Paul McCarthy...you know him as a Beatles member :-)

Here's the information about the book and the link to download the book and recipes:

" Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler by Carol J.... Adams, Donna Beaudoin, Patti Breitman, Kate Jacoby, Brian McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Kumuda Reddy .....

With so many cookbooks out there, what's a vegan—or aspiring vegan—to do? Lantern Books has the ideal menu: Start with a flavorful appetizer from famously longtime vegetarian Sir Paul McCartney, continue with a mouthwatering entrĂ©e from The Sexual Politics of Meat author Carol J. Adams or "Sister Vegetarian" Donna Beaudoin, add a scrumptious side from Chef Brian P. McCarthy or Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Kumuda Reddy, and finish up with a delectab...le dessert from Kate Jacoby, co-owner and pastry chef of the cutting-edge Philadelphia restaurant Vedge. All of the recipes in this sampler are healthy, tasty, and easy to make, ensuring that your meal will be both cruelty-free and delicious. So draw a chair up to the table and find out what the joy of vegan cooking is really about!(less)"

Purchase at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BP10K4O

Black Expressions Book Club
(http://www.blackexpressions.com/)
made Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection in March 2012!

What a joy to know that I have become a part of your family through this book which acts as your daily guide, daily inspirational and motivational tool. To conquer challenges in all aspects of your life. To encourage you to be encouraged that the sun shines even when the clouds are gray, and that joy always comes in the morning if you should falter and trip along your vegetarian or vegan journey! It's okay to be you. Be yourself, and you shall not fail in this beautiful life-long vegetarian or vegan journey. Remember, it's a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or a temporary solution. It is a part of you as you heal yourself, heal the environment, and save animals. Do you ask yourself, what have you done for me lately when you are always helping others and forget about your well-being? Then, pick up a copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living today, and let your mind be blown to the endless possibilities of what a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can do for you! ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thank you for a wonderful 2011!

THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

I just want to tell everyone thank you for a wonderful 2011 with the release of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living on Nov 30, 2011. Thank you for supporting me and my efforts to be a part of your family through this book. I would also like to thank you for what I know will be a wonderful 2012 as I bring to you exciting vegetarian/vegan lessons and cooking demonstrations, hiking/backpacking trips, and other fun motivational videos through my Sister Vegetarian You Tube Channel.

For those who were also following my father's well-being as he battled pancreatic cancer for the past 8 months, dad passed away at home on December 22, 2011. I was able to be a part of his final days on earth before he transitioned as his caregiver with my mom. Thank you for your prayers and concerns.

I see 2012 as a year of renewal and taking back our health through a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Let your 2012 New Years Resolution not just be a resolution, but a promise to yourself to renew and take back yourself....your health...your well-being through a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle!

See you in 2012!
Happy Holidays,
Donna Michelle Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What's in store for 2012 and Sister Vegetarian's readers!!

Thank you Sister Vegetarian Followers for a wonderful year!!

2012 will bring new things for Sister Vegetarian.

I will start the virtual Sister Vegetarian vegan and vegetarian classes through my Sister Vegetarian You Tube Channel in January.

I will share recipes, tidbits, hiking/backpacking adventures, fun hobbies, and more!!!



Listen to Lantern Books Publisher, Martin Rowe, talk about my Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living Book which is available now via www.Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com, and www.LanternBooks.com





Link here to here Lantern Book's

Black Expressions Book Club (a national book club) has made Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection for March 2012!

What a joy to know that I have become a part of your family through this book which acts as your daily guide, daily inspirational and motivational tool, and vegetarian and vegan lifestyle coach.

If you have not ordered your copy today for delivery before Christmas, order it now! It's available ahead of schedule to start your new year off with empowerment! To conquer challenges in all aspects of your life. To encourage you to be encouraged that the sun shines even when the clouds are gray, and that joy always comes in the morning if you should falter and trip along your vegetarian or vegan journey! It's okay to be you. Be yourself, and you shall not fail in this beautiful life-long vegetarian or vegan journey. Remember, its' a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or a temporary solution. It is a part of you as you heal yourself, heal the environment, and save animals. Do you ask yourself, what have you done for me lately when you are always helping others and forget about your well-being? Then, pick up a copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living today, and let your mind be blown to the endless possibilities of what a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can do for you!

Let this daily guide that leads you through 31 days of transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle start you off to a new year for 2012!!!! Then, turn to Sister Vegetarian's You Tube Channel in January for fun tips, recipes, and more!!!

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 12/18/11 Update



Link here for Battzi's weekly update

Friday, December 16, 2011



Listen to Lantern Books Publisher, Martin Rowe, talk about my Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living Book which is available now via www.Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com, and www.LanternBooks.com


Link here to here Lantern Book's Publisher Martin Rowe talk about my book.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tips to transition before the start of Sister Vegetarian's Virtual Vegetarian and Vegan Classes

I will need to postpone the start the virtual vegetarian and vegan classes on Sister Vegetarian's You Tube Channel to January.

here are some helpful tips and links to get you started as you await the virtual classes on Sister Vegetarian's You Tube Channel.

YOUR DAILY GUIDE:
In addition, remember my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 days of Drama-Free Living is available now and can start you on a 31 days guide to leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle!



AVAILABLE NOW!!!



Order your copy now of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living via Amazon.com , http://www.lanternbooks.com/, or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ for delivery by Dec 24th!



Let this daily guide that leads you through 31 days of transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle start you off to a new year for 2012!!!!

Let this daily guide that leads you through 31 days of transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle start you off to a new year for 2012!!!!


INSPIRATION:
For inspiration, here's a family of vegetarians at 31st century Vegetarian. The two children are in their mid 20s and were raised as vegetarians in the womb: http://www.21stcenturyvegetarians.com/theusfam.html

PROTEIN FACTS:

Here's some facts on protein that vegetarians and vegans get the protein we need, but meat eaters get too much protein which causes cancer and other diseases. As posted on my blog:
Sister V's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day: Only 6% of total daily calories are needed from protein (Posted: 04 Oct 2011 02:45 AM PDT at SisterVegetarian.blogspot.com)

Tired of the question where does your protein come from or do vegetarians/vegans receive enough protein?As vegetarians or vegans, we receive all the protein we need by living a plant based diet. Yes, this debunks the myth that vegetarians and vegans do not receive a sufficient daily intake of protein!Studies indicate that for survival, humans need only 6% of our total daily calories from protein. Men only need 30-60 grams of protein per day, and women need only 25-50 grams of protein a day. Vegetarians and Vegans do meet this level. Studies illustrate that most Americans who eat meat receive far above this level with a protein intake of 100 -120 grams of protein a day.Too much protein as from an animal based diet where the protein is acidic, and draws calcium from our bones can cause the onset of many illnesses an diseases. Meat based protein draws calcium from our bodies because our body is trying to maintain an alkaline environment. The best type of protein is plant based. Plant based protein is alkaline just as our body content is alkaline. This means that plant based protein does not draw the calcium from our bones as animal protein does to alkaline our bodies. Calcium is needed in the proper flow of blood to supply our cells with oxygen, and proper contraction of muscles such as the heart muscle.A plant based diet also supplies us with antioxidants in addition to the best type of protein for our bodies. What a WIN-WIN lifestyle!

Source:
Diet for A New America John Robbins
Living Vegan For Dummies, Alexandra Jamieson, CHHC, AADP

~ Sister Vegetarian

BUDGET COOKING:
$25 and wks of groceries:
(posted on SisterVegetarian.blogspot.com Friday, September 23, 2011)

Sister's Quick Friday Tip of The Day: GET INSPIRED AND COOK LIKE A CHEF!! Get inspired! Your local farmers market can provide creative, quick, and inexpensive meals that looks like a professional chef just prepared your family's meal.

Below is a recap some of the vegan meals that I prepared from my Farmer's Market shopping trip, and blog post of
$25 and 2 weeks of Farmer's Market produce.

Check out my recipe page at Sister V's Recipe Page to prepare these quick meals in your home.
1.
Heirloom Tomatoes diced on crusty Italian bread with fresh parley , garlic, and olive oil
2. Sweet Potato Tortilla Wrap with Blue Corn Chips
3.
Butternut Squash-Pear Soup with crusty Italian bread drizzled with olive oil 4. Vegan Heirloom Pizza and Vegan Home-made Pizza Crust with a side dipping of pasta sauce

Ordering in restaurants:
How to order vegetarian or vegan in a non-vegetarian/vegan restaurant People always ask me how do you order vegetarian or vegan in a non-vegetarian/vegan restaurant. If you live in the Deep South as I do, many vegetarians or vegans do not always have the luxury of living in a city with an abundance of vegetarian and vegan restaurants as the northern US cities or the west coast; or, with the holidays approaching, there will be many holiday lunches, dinners, and events with work colleagues, friends, and family who are not vegetarians and/or vegans. What about work lunchtime meetings? I often encounter lunches at work where I must adjust the menu as the only vegan (let alone member of the vegetarian family) in my department.If a mainstream restaurant does offer a vegetarian menu, the menu will more than likely be vegetarian and not vegan focused. Do not let this hinder you. Some of the vegetarian options may be vegan, or can easily be made vegan.First, if possible, call the restaurant ahead of time to see if they offer a vegetarian menu. Some restaurants offer a vegetarian menu that may not be handed out upon being seated at the table, but they do offer a vegetarian menu if asked. Many of these restaurants will also have the vegetarian menu as a downloadable menu on their website apart from the regular menu, so you can prepare yourself ahead of time in this manner. If a downloadable vegetarian menu is available apart from the regular menu, this may require for you to do a Google search or a search within their website.Secondly, if a vegetarian menu is not offered, I do not settle for a salad. Everyone insists that salads are all what vegetarians or vegans eat. As we know, this is a myth that we plan to dispel when we order at restaurants with friends, co-workers, and family (smile). At the restaurant or before by checking out their mainstream menu online, I see what type of meal can easily have the meat-poultry-fish-dairy taken away to make it vegan (or, vegetarian if you are a vegetarian). Many options on the menu can easily have the non-vegetarian/non-vegan ingredients taken away that will not cause the chef too much of a headache (smile). Sometimes, only one ingredient may need to be taken away such as in a pasta dish with chicken and marinated vegetables in olive oil/garlic. You take out the chicken and the chef prepares the dish as pasta and marinated vegetables in olive oil and garlic. Another example is that I ordered a hot panini Mozzarella and tomato/roasted peppers sandwich from a cafe for a work lunch meeting, and asked the cafe to take out the mozzarella for a hot tomato and roasted red peppers panini sandwich. It was delicious as a tomato and roasted pepper grilled sandwich! I called the cafe ahead of time to make sure that this substitution could be done before the entire office ordering process, and the employee was delighted to fulfill my request.I hope these tidbits help get the drama out of eating out at non-vegetarian /non-vegan restaurants. Relax. Smile. Take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays at restaurants


HOW YOU ARE HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT:

It Takes to produce 1 pound
23 gallons of water lettuce
25 gallons of water wheat
49 gallons of water apples
815 gallons of water chicken
1630 gallons of water pork
5214 gallons of water beef

` Sister Vegetarian


Monday, December 5, 2011

Black Expressions Book Club will make Sister Vegetarian's book their alternate book selection!



More Sister Vegetarian Book News!



Black Expressions Book Club (http://www.blackexpressions.com/) will make Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection for March 2012!

Many of you who have pre-ordered Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living received their book via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Lantern Books website today :) What a joy to know that I have become a part of your family through this book which acts as your daily guide, daily inspirational and motivational tool, and vegetarian and vegan lifestyle coach.

If you have not ordered your copy today for delivery before Christmas, order it now! It's available ahead of schedule to start your new year off with empowerment! To conquer challenges in all aspects of your life. To encourage you to be encouraged that the sun shines even when the clouds are gray, and that joy always comes in the morning if you should falter and trip along your vegetarian or vegan journey! It's okay to be you. Be yourself, and you shall not fail in this beautiful life-long vegetarian or vegan journey. Remember, its' a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or a temporary solution. It is a part of you as you heal yourself, heal the environment, and save animals. Do you ask yourself, what have you done for me lately when you are always helping others and forget about your well-being? Then, pick up a copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living today, and let your mind be blown to the endless possibilities of what a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can do for you! ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, December 4, 2011

AVAILABLE NOW!! Get it by Dec 24th!!!! Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living is Available Now!


AVAILABLE NOW!!!


Order your copy now of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living via Amazon.com for delivery by Dec 24th!




Let this daily guide that leads you through 31 days of transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle start you off to a new year for 2012!!!!

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Here!!! Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living is Now Available on Kindle!!



If you prefer an ebook format of Sister Vegetarian's book, order TODAY your Kindle Version of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living via Amazon.com (link here) or via Lantern Book's website (link here).



~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"








Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Flashback Wednesday for Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living



Sister Vegetarian is doing a flashback today to my January 29, 2010 post entitled "Memories of Old School Ways, Barry White, Luther Vandross." Link here to that post for incentives to live a drama-free vegetarian or vegan lifestyle without the hassles and stress. How? Go "old school" for easy survival skills to leading a stress free vegetarian or vegan life.

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sister Vegetarian's Book Release Info & Classes Coming To You!!!


Sister's Book Information:

2 more months to the release of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living! Did you reserve your copy? Link here to Lantern Books for a sample chapter and order information. You can also order via Amazon.com (link here).


Sister Vegetarian Classes are coming near you

The Virtual Vegetarian and Vegan Classes will be starting soon in mid December. When the first video is posted, I will send out a notice along with the class syllabus and any accompanying documents. The first class will also feature cooking demonstrations and recipes for making your own inexpensive non-dairy cheese. After all, cheese is one thing that many vegetarians find it hard to give up to become vegans; or, many people, although vegans, are lactose intolerant to dairy cheese products.
The classes will be uploaded to Sister Vegetarian TV at You Tube, and will be various 30 minute or more in length classes. This will be a fun learning experience for everyone with no need to try to make classes at a specific site location. You can view and refer back to the classes anytime. Tell your friends and family in other states or countries to link to Sister Vegetarian's TV once the classes start :)

You will have a chance to email me questions after each viewing, and I will answer your questions at the next virtual class.

The classes will illustrate how being a vegetarian or vegan compliments your lifestyle to provide a drama-free, healthy way of living that also contributes to preserving the environment and animals.


~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 11-27-11 Update



Link here for Battzi's empowering and uplifting words that problems will pass and you shall rise above drama-free!!!

The virtual classes will be starting soon on Sister Vegetarian's TV!




I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and/or friends


The Virtual Vegetarian and Vegan Classes will be starting soon in mid December. When the first video is posted, I will send out a notice along with the class syllabus and any accompanying documents. The first class will also feature cooking demonstrations and recipes for making your own inexpensive non-dairy cheese. After all, cheese is one thing that many vegetarians find it hard to give up to become vegans; or, many people, although vegans, are lactose intolerant to dairy cheese products.



The classes will be uploaded to Sister Vegetarian TV at You Tube, and will be various 30 minute or more in length classes. This will be a fun learning experience for everyone with no need to try to make classes at a specific site location. You can view and refer back to the classes anytime. Tell your friends and family in other states or countries to link to Sister Vegetarian's TV once the classes start :)



You will have a chance to email me questions after each viewing, and I will answer your questions at the next virtual class.




The classes will illustrate how being a vegetarian or vegan compliments your lifestyle to provide a drama-free, healthy way of living that also contributes to preserving the environment and animals.





~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sister V's Vegan and VegetarianThanksgiving Menu and Ideas for Your Own Vegetarian Menu


Image from The Happy Vegan Thanksgiving Song found at Todd McHatton (Todd McHatton is a musician, artist, and writer living in Ojai, California). Link to Todd McHatton's website here for the song, image, and how to get your version of The Happy Thanksgiving Song

Sister Vegetarian's Thanksgiving Menu Ideas:

Looking for ideas for your first or one of many Vegan or Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner? Maybe you are invited to someone else's home for Thanksgiving, and to eliminate the "drama" of explaining why you are not eating turkey or meat based meals, you are looking for some vegan and vegetarian recipes to take along to share.

Below is my Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that I will be cooking for my husband and parents. I searched the web for awesome recipes to plan my Thanksgiving Menu. I have included the links to the various recipes along with the menu. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Remember, it's a day of Thanksgiving and a day of giving to those in need who will truly be grateful for your kind gestures.

Vegan Potato Leek Soup (Care2 Make A Difference)
Collard Greens Salad (Eat It, Live It, Love It)
Vegan Lasagna (Vegetarian Times Magazine)
Vegan Hippy Meatloaf (Happy Herbivore)
Vegan Mushroom Gravy (Whole Foods Market Recipes)
Vegan White or Yellow Mashed Potatoes (Vegetarian About.Com)
Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Vegetarian About.com)
Vegan Stuffing (Savvy Vegetarian)
Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Noble Cause: YOU!


In your vegetarian or vegan journey, don't forget to take the time to breathe! Smell the beautiful open air of an autumn day. In many areas of the US, it is snowing; so, smell the fresh fallen snow. Enjoy life.

We can get so overburdened with saving animals, the environment, and eating healthy that we forget the essential piece of the puzzle: YOU!

Take take out to relax.

Read a fictional book as opposed to a non-fiction book on environmentalism, animal rights, or vegetarianism or veganism.

What about comic books? At age 45, I still read comic books, and found a great comic book entitled Noble Causes. I found a Noble Causes Collection Volume (598 pp) of the Noble Causes Comic Books which ran January 2002 through April 2009 (link here for Amazon collection and other Noble Causes Comic Book Issues). Other comic books tend to have volume collections so you can start from the beginning.

Enjoy downtime with family and friends. I mentioned last week that I will be attending my local Roller Derby Women's tournament this weekend.

It's NFL and Hockey season, and hopefully NBA will restart again soon. Have a NFL, NBA, or Hockey party with friends to watch your favorite teams. Don't forget that vegetarianism and veganism should complement your life. Enjoy you!

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 11-15-11 Weekly Update



Battzi is going through a tough time right now. Let's give her some loves by passing on some positive feedback through her weekly post below. Battzi, please know that at the moment when we feel like giving up, a breakthrough shows up and shows out! be encouraged my vegetarian sister. Hope is still there, and trouble foes not last long ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Link here for Battzi's weekly update

Monday, November 14, 2011

INSPIRE!! Tuesday's Inspiration: Mending The Soul

INSPIRE!

Today's Inspirational Thought comes from a flashback of my 6-13-10 post (link here) on "Mending The Soul" as vegetarians and vegans.
~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tonight's Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe comes from Food & Wine Magazine


I indicated in my earlier post per a drama-free work lunch with soup as the work week lunch-time meal that I was making a split pea soup for dinner.

Tonight's dinner comes from a recipe from Food & Wine Magazine that I have previously made many times before with many leftovers that were easily frozen into single size servings. I love this rustic soup recipe that nourishes the soul and warms the body.
Link here for Food & Wine's Split Pea Soup Recipe.
You do not need to use yellow split peas. I used green split peas which are commonly found in any grocery store, and cost me 78 cents for a 16 oz bag. Talk about an expensive and drama-free meal!
~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

A Drama-Free 60 cents a day Work-Lunch prepared on Sunday to keep you warm and toasty all week long



I LOVE MY STANLEY THERMOS!



Warm and cozy sounds weird to describe a work-week lunch time meal, but that's how I feel with my Thermos and "hippy-style" knitted thermos cozy that I knitted myself to keep the thermos warm on the outside.



My love of soups come together for a warm and cozy lunch-time meal during the work week, as I read Black Order: A Sigma Force an exciting espionage novel by James Rollins that takes me to several countries in a lunch time!



Here's an idea for a "drama-free" work week lunch-time meal. As the temperatures drop, a cold lunch-time meal just will not so for me. I love soup! So, I transposed my love of soup from dinner time only to a fun work week lunch meal. I made an extra pot of soup just for work lunches for the week. The cost: $3.00 for the week, or 60 cents per day!

Although I made a split pea soup for dinner this evening, I made a basic soup.



The basic soup lunch ingredients:

4 cups of fresh coarsely chopped turnip leaves

2 cups of chopped carrots

3 small diced oriental peppers

8-10 cups of water

1 vegan bouillon cube

* additional suggestions to twist it up during the week below


Directions:

I cooked this for 10 -15 minutes and placed in 2 large containers in the refrigerator. To heat up, I'll just scoop the amount I want for a work lunch meal into a pot in the morning, reheat for 5 minutes or until hot, and place in my thermos.


Additional suggestions for a twist:


For a twist during the week to break up the monotony of a basic soup, add canned beans one or 2 days when reheating, wheat pasta, or bring vegetarian/vegan style home-made croutons or Italian bread and place in your soup when ready to eat.

Keeping the thermos warm on the outside (fun knitting project):

I use a Stanley Thermos that I knitted a thermos cozy for to keep the outside of the thermos warm. If you love knitting odd and end projects as I do from the normal scarves and sweaters, try this quick knitting project for thermos cozies to keep your soups warm:


Lizards in Scarves Blog - knitted a thermos cozy and thermos cap


Tales from Yarnvana: knitted thermos cozy


~ Donna Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Superhero Spirituality: 7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers



In attending this week's NC Comicon (link here for my post on the Comic Book Conference), I realized the lessons that I have learned over the years from comic book superheroes; and, how these lessons apply to our vegan and vegetarian lifestyles which encompasses a healthy body, mind, soul, and spirit in overcoming the drama we encounter from society, co-workers, friends, and family in leading this lifestyle.

Many times, we must transgress through the green eyed monsters at work, or the family that may not be understanding of this lifestyle to come out strong and stronger as vegans and vegetarians. Sure, many times work employees may talk behind our backs calling us 'weird," foolish," or "odd" for leading this healthy lifestyle and a lifestyle that makes a positive change and difference for the environment and animals. Or, family members may question our past life as meat eaters and continuously wonder why we gave up what we were raised on. However, we survive and we grow by learning and educating ourselves through blogs, documentaries, support groups, and books. We rise above the work green-eyed monsters and become "VICTORIOUS!"



I would like to share with you an article from Belief.net entitled "7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers." Belief.com does not center on a particular religion, but it centers on your internal spirituality whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, atheist, or have another type of spiritual belief system. We all have some type of "chi" or inner spirituality that keeps us going through all the drama so we can rise above all the drama and claim the prize of victory!


Link here or below for Belief.com's Superhero Spirituality: 7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers. May this give you empowerment and empower you to live a drama-free vegan or vegetarian lifestyle:
7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers:

1. Batman: We Can Make a Difference
2. Hellboy: We Can Be Redeemed
3. The Hulk: We Can Sacrifice for the Greater Good
4. Iron Man: We Can Champion Justice
5. Spider-Man: We Can Accept Responsibility
6. Superman: We Can Embrace Faith
7. X-Men: We Can Overcome Prejudice



~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hip Hop and Veganism

I received this news release from the Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia on a film and world vegan day geared toward the hip-hop generation of youth going green and vegan.

Link to Hip Hop and Veganism


~ Donna Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Inspiration for a Drama-Free Vegan or Vegetarian Tuesday!



Here's a quote that I originally posted on 12/15/10. Let this inspire you today for a drama-free Vegan or Vegetarian Day!


"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


~ Have an awesome day! - Donna Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 11-7-11 Weekly Update



Read Battzi's 11-7-11 Weekly Update here


If you would like to share your vegan or vegetarian story, poem, or other information, please email me at SisterVegetarian@aol.com

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Football Day as a vegan...Roller Derby...comic books and action figures...and more



After an awesome day at NC Comicon yesterday with the hubby, we have our new additions to the comic action figures on display and our comic book prints hung in our living room. Hmm...need to work on displays for the kitchen and more for the living room and bedroom...we are such kids at heart!

If you missed my recap of NC Comicon from yesterday's post, link here.

Now Sunday Football time today! How do I start a Sunday Football Day? My pre-Sunday Football starts with a hearty vegan breakfast of scrambled tofu, coffee, ands toast buttered with a vegan butter spread.

It's awesome being a vegan, and still loving the things you always enjoyed! In the words of Janis Joplin, "Don't compromise yourself, you're all you've got!" Be yourself as a vegan and vegetarian. Stay true to yourself, and you will enjoy this life drama-free!!

In 2 weeks, I'll be attending my local Carolina Rollergirls event. That will be fun! I love roller derby games! Link here for the Carolina Rollergirls, and other national tournaments.

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sister Vegetarian at the NC Comicon (Comic Book Convention)


I guess you did not know that Sister Vegetarian loves comic books! I love to read and collect comic books, display my action figures, and adorn my walls at home with comic book prints and posters.

I had an awesome time at the NC Comicon with my hubby! I love comic books, action figures, and comic book prints. I think we brought enough home. LOL!

Thank you to Enrica Jang, Editor and Writer of the Comic Book Azteca Comic Book Series and The Poe Twisted Anthology for helping me to find a new comic book series through Azteca and Twisted Poe. You Rock! I love the comic books! To my blog readers, please check all this awesome comic book series! Time to decorate the home and read what we purchased :) I love being a kid at 45! Veganism and Vegetarianism are not boring. It's alive with fun and joys! Live this lifestyle by being who and whom you are...Life Is Good!
~ Donna M. Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

These vegan police people are not paying your utilities and bills - you are working hard to pay your bills and you know where you are going!

Here's some encouragement for your Friday and weekend to live a beautiful and joyous vegan lifestyle as a newbie vegan:

I am frequently asked by newbie vegans if they must dispose of their leather shoes, purses, coats, etc since they now consider themselves vegans. This is a situation that tends to cause a lot of psychological drama and confusion for newbie vegans. It also tends to be a catalyst in causing newbie vegans from continuing in this beautiful lifestyle change because of this scrutiny by those who want to act like the "vegan fashion police" toward newbie vegans. The non-vegan clothing, shoes, boots, and accessory purchases that you made in the past before becoming a vegan does not reflect upon the "new" health conscious, animals rights, and environmentally conscious person you have become. For your encouragement in these situations of not knowing what to do or being questioned by someone who wants to name themselves the "vegan fashion police," I love to quote an old saying, "it does not matter where you've been, but it's where you are going that counts." What counts is not what you purchased in the past because you are now making conscious purchase decisions. Those decisions are positive stands in the right direction for your health, animal rights, and the environment.

If you have the funds to donate your former non-vegan purchases such as leather shoes, boots, and wool or leather coats to charity that's great! However, many people these days can barely make ends meet and giving up your shoes and coats before you have the funds to purchase non-vegan items is not smart or economical. You are no longer purchasing new items that are made from animal skins. You are aware of your unconscious decisions in the past to eat animals and purchase animal clothing and accessories. You have now changed your views and lifestyle by becoming a vegan. As long as you now make conscious purchases going forward in your new vegan lifestyle, you are making a positive change everyday. You are leading a vegan lifestyle that saves animals by the second.

I can't say that there will not be a self-named "vegan fashion police person" - because there is always one in the crowd who wants to tell someone what to wear, how to live, and what to eat as a vegan. These people do not make up the vegan community which is composed of thoughtful and caring individuals who understand the dramas encountered as a newbie vegan. If you do encounter this "vegan fashion police" person, just remember that, you know who and whom you are now and the changes you have made in taking a stand to fight for animal rights and animal lives. If someone has a problem with what you are still wearing such as your leather shoes as a newbie vegan, then the problem is their own. Let them know you are making conscious decisions in your purchases, and when the funds become available, you will make a change in your clothing. If they have a problem with that statement, don't let their drama get in your way of leading a successful vegan lifestyle. Just walk away from them, and let them deal with their drama by themselves - they are the ones with the problem and not you. The problem is their own and not yours. Rather than helping others, they are hindering others in leading this lifestyle. You do not want a part of that drama.. As I said, you know who and whom you are-where you've been and where you are going in this new lifestyle change.

There is no need to go broke and replace all your non-vegan clothing if your rent, mortgage, car payment, school loan, utilities, or other bills are due. These vegan police people are not paying your utilities and bills - you are working hard to pay your bills and you know where you are going!

You know where you've been!

You know who and whom you are!

You are a proud vegan!

I salute you!

Viva La Vegan Revolution!

~ Sister Vegetarian

Thursday is your encouragement day to live drama-free: How to order vegetarian or vegan in a non-vegetarian/vegan restaurant



People always ask me how do you order vegetarian or vegan in a non-vegetarian/non-vegan restaurant. If you live in the Deep South as I do, many vegetarians or vegans do not always have the luxury of living in a city with an abundance of vegetarian and vegan restaurants as the northern US cities or the west coast; or, with the holidays approaching, there will be many holiday lunches, dinners, and events with work colleagues, friends, and family who are not vegetarians and/or vegans. What about work lunchtime meetings? I often encounter lunches at work where I must adjust the menu as the only vegan (let alone member of the vegetarian family) in my department.

If a mainstream restaurant does offer a vegetarian menu, the menu will more than likely be vegetarian and not vegan focused. Do not let this hinder you. Some of the vegetarian options may be vegan, or can easily be made vegan.

First, if possible, call the restaurant ahead of time to see if they offer a vegetarian menu. Some restaurants offer a vegetarian menu that may not be handed out upon being seated at the table, but they do offer a vegetarian menu if asked. Many of these restaurants will also have the vegetarian menu as a downloadable menu on their website apart from the regular menu, so you can prepare yourself ahead of time in this manner. If a downloadable vegetarian menu is available apart from the regular menu, this may require for you to do a Google search or a search within their website.

Secondly, if a vegetarian menu is not offered, I do not settle for a salad. Everyone insists that salads are all what vegetarians or vegans eat. As we know, this is a myth that we plan to dispel when we order at restaurants with friends, co-workers, and family (smile). At the restaurant or before by checking out their mainstream menu online, I see what type of meal can easily have the meat-poultry-fish-dairy taken away to make it vegan (or, vegetarian if you are a vegetarian). Many options on the menu can easily have the non-vegetarian/non-vegan ingredients taken away that will not cause the chef too much of a headache (smile). Sometimes, only one ingredient may need to be taken away such as in a pasta dish with chicken and marinated vegetables in olive oil/garlic. You take out the chicken and the chef prepares the dish as pasta and marinated vegetables in olive oil and garlic. Another example is that I ordered a hot panini Mozzarella and tomato/roasted peppers sandwich from a cafe for a work lunch meeting, and asked the cafe to take out the mozzarella for a hot tomato and roasted red peppers panini sandwich. It was delicious as a tomato and roasted pepper grilled sandwich! I called the cafe ahead of time to make sure that this substitution could be done before the entire office ordering process, and the employee was delighted to fulfill my request.

I hope these tidbits help get the drama out of eating out at non-vegetarian /non-vegan restaurants. Relax. Smile. Take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays at restaurants!

~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Claiming a victory in your health!


Claiming a victory in your health!

During Farm Sanctuary's National Conference To End Factory Farming, it was discussed in one of the presentations that by eating mushrooms daily, you can reduce your cancer risk by 64%; and, by eating half of a yellow or red onion a day, you can reduce the risk of stomach cancers by 50%:

Great reading sources on this information:
mushrooms reducing cancer rates:
http://www.ishs.org/news/?p=633
http://www.plantbasedhealth.com/index.php/joes-corner-qeat-mushrooms-to-prevent-cancerq


Onions reducing cancer rates:
http://healwithfood.org/health-benefits/eating-red-onions.php


~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sister Vegetarian's Speech at The National Conference to End Factory Farming




As you know, I spoke this weekend at the Oct 27-29, 2011 Farm Sanctuary National Conference to End Factory Farming. (Link Here) for the program and speaker information. I spoke on Saturday, Oct 29th on The Plant Based Living Panel:Diet As A Tool for Change with Joel Fuhrman, M.D., family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher and Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., practicing physician and assistant professor, George Washington University Department of Medicine.



If you missed the conference or want a recap on my speech, I have provided my entire inspiring speech below for you. I spoke on how a plant based diet has healed my body and others:


National Conference to End Factory Farming

Plant Based Panel Speech (Donna M Beaudoin): DIET AS A TOOL FOR CHANGE

My name is Donna Michelle Beaudoin, and I am a vegan and the author of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living. The book focuses on helping women and men transition to and lead a success vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by addressing societal myths and cons against this lifestyle; and, help people realize how a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle can help prevent illnesses and diseases and heal the body.

I will speak on how a plant based diet as a vegetarian and now a vegan has healed my body, and others.

At age 45, for me, living a plant based lifestyle has not only a personal meaning for myself but for my family.

My family has a history of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer whereas my family size has dwindled in size through the years from aunts, uncles, grandmother, grandfather, and cousins passing away too young from heart disease, diabetes, stokes, stomach, and colon cancer that could have been prevented, reversed, treated, and in some cases cured from a plant based lifestyle. Two of my father’s brothers passed away young from colon and stomach cancer, respectively. My dad is battling pancreatic cancer. My mother had 3 siblings (3 sisters). All but one of the sisters are left. 2 of my mother’s sisters passed away from heart disease and diabetes. So did my mother’s mother, uncles, and cousins. My mother’s last surviving sister lives with heart disease and diabetes. I have a 46 year old cousin who already had 3 heart attacks by the age of 39. The only family member thus far that lived past their 80s in excellent health has been my great-grandmother who lived mostly a vegetarian lifestyle, and toward the last decade or more of her life, lived a total vegetarian lifestyle. My Great-grandmother, Otis Mae Robinson, lived to be 100 years ago and died of natural causes. At 100, she did not take medicine nor visited the doctor for problems. She ate beet roots and beet greens on a weekly basis and drank the liquids from greens (as in the south it's called pot likker but you know it as vegetable stock from greens). My great-grandmother implemented in my mother who in return implemented in me the importance of vegetables to heal the body and help prevent illnesses and diseases.

Unfortunately for me, as what happened in college and afterwards, I fell into the ways of eating meat, dairy, and junk food which formulated 90% or more of my meals with vegetables, grains, and beans comprising only 5 to 10% of my meals. I suffered with stomach and colon issues for over ten years whereas within a 10 year period, I was hospitalized 4 times for uncontrollable vomiting and sever stomach pains. I was misdiagnosed many times with numerous tests performed on me to watch out for the stomach, colon, and now pancreatic cancer that is prevalent in my family's genes.

Physicians could not find out what was causing my pain or my inability to have bowel movements but every 4 days. I was even told this was normal by two physicians...that as we know is not true. Toxicity built up in my body. I was having back pains, leg pains, chest pains, stomach pains, constipation every 4 days, gas pains, nausea, and more before the age of 40. I could not walk up the stairs at age 40 without being out of breath, and experiencing chest and leg pains. A visit to my physician said I did not have heart disease, so something else was the problem.

I went from a size 4 to a size 14 in 3 years although I exercised and hiked with my husband. I had a unnecessary partial hysterectomy 14 years ago at age 31. I am now 45 years old. I did not know it at the time but the fibroid tumors that I experienced were from the excessive meat and dairy products that I consumed, and that hysterectomy operation could have been prevented. I still had pains in my ovaries after the operation since they were left intact; but, the pain stopped after living a plant based diet. At the time of the operation I had no children, and of course cannot now conceive due to the hysterectomy. I consumed little vegetables, fruits, and fiber over a 10 year+ period. I began to develop ear infections which I never had in my life, and constantly became sick with flus, and bacterial and viral upper respiratory infections.

One day, I said enough was enough! I was just "sick and tired of being sick and tired." I remember how little I was sick when I was young and ate more of a vegetarian lifestyle. The last time I was sick with a bacterial virus and stomach pains, I decided to heal myself through a plant based lifestyle as a strict vegetarian eating 90 to 95% vegan and raw vegan meals. I did not take medicine, because the antibiotics prescribed in the past never helped. The over the counter medications for cold and flu symptoms never worked. I research more about healing oneself as a vegan or vegetarian. I was home sick from work on a Friday. I researched the information on a Monday because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I ate vegan Monday and Tuesday. By Tuesday evening, my stomach pains disappeared and my cold symptoms were about 90% gone. By Wednesday evening, I was 100% better by elevating meat and dairy. I became a strict vegetarian and only ate 5% dairy if at all in a month. 95% of my foods or more were vegan and raw vegan. I eventually transitioned to a vegan lifestyle when I realized that the small amount of cheese and eggs that I did consumed brought upon bloatedness, although my stomach pains and colon issues that plagued me for over 10 years never reappeared. Oh yes, I never took a flu shot in my entire life, and have not developed any flu or cold virus or symptoms since switching to a strict vegetarian and now a vegan lifestyle.

At almost 3 years on a plant based lifestyle, going from strict vegetarian to vegan, I have not had any stomach or colon issues, heart problems, being out of breath from climbing stairs, no cold or flu viruses, no back or leg pains, no ear infections....basically, I am healthy with no problems surfacing for almost 3 years by living a plant based diet,

I have taken a step toward better health through a plant based diet. I created my Sister Vegetarian Blog and wrote Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living to prove that a plant based diet can help prevent, heal, treat, and cure some illnesses and diseases.

I reflect on health insurance and people’s use of health insurance as I healed myself through a plant based diet. Everyone on Capitol Hill talk about a revised healthcare system.

As we are aware, health insurance has been a hot topic for a couple of years. I am not a politician, physician, or nutritionist; but, I know that health insurance starts here (point to my mouth).

Statistics say:

1 90% of horrible diseases are caused by meat consumption.

2 In our healthcare system $250 billion a year goes toward heart disease illnesses

3 The leading cause of bankruptcy is medical expenses

In my opinion, A revised health insurance system starts with us. It does not start with the actual health insurance policy and revising health insurance so everyone can receive it. Health Insurance starts with me, you, us FIRST! We need to take care of ourselves through a plant based diet that gives us the chance to fight those diseases that we thought were within our DNA….that mom, dad, aunt, uncle, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandma, or grandpa currently has or died from.

5 people that I know who were helped by a vegan lifestyle:

My neighbor's father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 6 years ago and was told that he had 6 months to live. He decided to live as a vegan without chemo treatment. He is now living for 6+ years, cancer free of pancreatic cancer.

My neighbor’s sister had breast cancer. And, another neighbor sister also had breast cancer around the same time. One sister did chemo and continued to eat meat and dairy products. She passed away within 2 years. The other sister, did not do chemo nor radiation treatment. She decided to switch to a vegan lifestyle to cure herself. She has been cancer free for 2+ years and works on her family farm and sells her farm produce in North Carolina.

My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April this year. He went from 150lbs+ to now 120lbs in 5 months. He tried chemo, but chemo raised his cancer mark to a over 500. He gave up chemo and is now a strict vegetarian. His cancer mark dropped from 500 to 194. He is trying to get stronger.

My cousin reversed her diabetes by going raw vegan.

My mother is 72 and is healthy. She does not take any medications nor have any illnesses. She has eaten a mostly plant based diet all of her life although she is not a full vegetarian.

Dr. David S. Ludwig, Director of the Obesity Program at Harvard Affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, said in a health report published in The New England Journal of Medicine that “this generation of children could be the first basically in the history of the United States to live less healthful and shorter lives than their parents."

Health insurance - insurance against diseases and illnesses starts with what I, you, us, we eat. I came to a plant based lifestyle because of health reasons. I have been healed of stomach and colon issues with no cancer developments as my diseased uncles and dad currently who is battling pancreatic, stomach, and colon cancer. I do not have the heart diseases of my mother and father's siblings and parents.


If the world went vegetarian or vegan, there would not be a health or a global issue!

Are you ready to claim a victory? Are you ready to be victorious? Are you ready to be healthy? Are you ready to contribute to preserving and healing the environment? Are you ready to stop your family's DNA loaded gun from being fired? Live a plant based lifestyle today!

People ask me how I feel to be a vegan since I have healed myself. I like to quote the author Zora Neale Hurston because I have been down here (pointing to the floor) and now I feel like I'm up here (pointing above my head), "I have been in sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountaintops wrapped in rainbows and a sword in my hand."

Thank you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reminder - Sign up for Sister Vegetarian's Vegan and Vegetarian Classes



Interest in Sister Vegetarian's Vegetarian and Vegan Classes are increasing.



Link to my Meetup.com page at http://www.meetup.com/Sister-Vegetarian/ to learn more about the classes. Check out the Discussion Page on the website for tentative location details. The classes will start in a month!




Also, for those attending Farm Sanctuary's National Conference to End Factory Farming, I am anxious to meet up! I will speak on Day 3 on the Plant Based Living:Diet As A Tool For Change Panel. Link here to the official conference website for details.




~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Read how you contribute to the world's water supply as a vegetarian or vegan.YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS AN INDIVIDUAL!CLAIM YOUR VICTORY THIS WEEKEND


As you claim your "VICTORY" this weekend in continuing to live a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, or you are in the process of transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, think of the positives that you are doing for the environment. For every chicken, pork, and beef that you gave up eating, you have added to the world's water supply "per person". You do count! Read below how you contribute "per person" to the world's water supply by being a vegetarian or vegan. Claim your VICTORY this weekend as you lead this lifestyle as a newbie, transitioning, or just need some encouragement. You do count! You do make a difference! It's not only about reclaiming your health. It's about saving the environment and protecting the environment's natural resources! It's about stopping the abuse of farm animals! It's about social justice and equality! Read below for the facts on how you contribute to the water supply increasing. Don't fool yourself, we are in a water shortage in this country as well as many other countries, but YOU can make a difference. Here are the facts on a per person basis:

It takes 23 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of lettuce

It takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of wheat

It takes 49 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of apples

It takes 815 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of chicken

It takes 1630 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of pork

It takes 5214 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of beef

What about my 10/5/11 post, where I explain the affect you have "per person" on the environment by being a vegan for 1 months? Here's the re-post:

In a study on the global effect of a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, it was established that if everyone went Vegetarian or Vegan for just for One Day, the U.S. would prevent the following global issues PER PERSON:

1. Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2

2. 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages

3. 4.5 million tons of animal excrement

4. 7 tons of air pollution in the form of ammonia emissions

In that same study, it was found that if everyone went Vegan for One Month, the following global issues could be prevented
in the US PER PERSON:

1.160 lbs of crop wasted
2. 8000 gallons of water wasted
3. 1/4 acre of land wasted
4. 1/4 ton of soil erosion
5. Carbon dioxide equivalent to 270 lbs of green house gases
6. Energy wastage equivalent to buying 7 gallons of gasoline.

According to the US Environmental Defense, " if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads."

Now multiply the above prevention statistics of going vegetarian or vegan by a city's population, a country's population, or the world's population. What if millions or billions of people...the world...switched to a vegetarian or even better a vegan lifestyle. The statistics above would be astronomically "off the chart" in the prevention of environmental damage...and, let's not forget the positive affects on our health where health insurance starts FIRST with what foods you place in your mouth (vegetarian or vegan) and does not start with the actual health insurance policy.

If the world went vegetarian or vegan, there would not be a health or a global issue!

May your VICTORY be a beautiful victory this weekend as you are! Stay the course. You are not only reclaiming your health, but you are fighting to preserve the environment and restore the environment; fighting to save farm animals and all animals being misused and abused;and, fighting for social justice. You make a difference by being a vegetarian or vegan. You contribute as a individual. You do count!

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vegetarian and Vegan Classes by Sister Vegetarian

I am in the process of forming vegetarian and vegan classes in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (Triangle Area).

If you are interested in attending one or all 4 classes over the course of a couple of weeks, please email me at SisterVegetarian@aol.com and let me know what times are best for you, and the days of week. Once the dates have been established, I will send a formal invitation to sign-up for the classes.

Right now, I am acquiring a consensus as to the days that would work best for people who are interested in these empowering and informative classes. I will also extend the invitation to your community groups, businesses, schools, and places of worship where I would go to your location.

Below is a synopsis of the classes that would be offered:

Encouraging and motivating vegetarian and vegan classes from the creator of Sister Vegetarian's Blog and Author of Sister vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living

Background:

Donna Beaudoin is a Vegan. I started as a vegetarian who transitioned to a vegan and rose above the drama that life brings.

Certified Raw Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Raw Vegan Chef through Raw Vegan Network-Ekaya Institute of Living Food Education. I help people transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by illustrating the importance of adding to weekly meals raw vegan and whole foods for increased health benefits

Donna has spoken at the Baltimore, MD VegFest.

Donna is also speaking in the Washington, DC area with Dr. Joel Fuhrman (NY Times bestseller and nutritional researcher) and Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Author of The China Study) on the Plant Based Living: Diet As A Tool For Change Panel at Farm Sanctuary's Oct 27-29, 2011 National Conference To End Factory Farming. Donna will be joining 30 other speakers, including Whole Foods CEO and Co-Founder, John Mackey, for the 3 day event as they discuss plant based living and its affect on our health and the environment.

PREVIEW OF CLASS DETAILS:
Sign up for one or all 4 classes

$20 per class - class limit 20

Location: Wake, Durham County, NC Community Centers, or your choice of location if a business, school, group, or place of worship.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.

Class 1- Foundation

What is a vegetarian or vegan?
What is not a vegetarian
History of vegetarianism and veganism
Inspiration: Famous people who are vegetarians or vegans (Cora Scott King, Dexter King, hank Aaron, Prince Fiedler, Tony Gonazalez, John Salley, etc)
How vegetarianism and veganism has prevented, treated, reversed, and cured some illnesses and diseases (Scientific studies and my story)
How to transition to becoming a vegetarian or vegan
Food options
Transition Options
Vegetarian and Vegan Food Sampling
Fun handouts
Fun Class motivation and inspiration

Class 2 - Vegetarian and Vegan Food Choices: Shopping; On A Budget
Whole Foods vs Processed Vegetarian/Vegan Foods
Implementing raw foods into a plant based lifestyle
Cooking utensils
Pantry necessities
Vegetarian and Vegan shopping on a budget
Using your local farmer's market or CSAs (guest CSA speaker?)
Debunking protein and other vegetarian/vegan myths
Where do you get your protein as a vegetarian or vegan
Where do you get your calcium as a vegetarian or vegan
Where do you get your fiber as a vegetarian or vegan
Other nutritional information on vegetarian and vegan meals, foods

Class 3 - Dealing with the "haters" and the "drama" as a vegetarian or vegan
How to deal with drama as a vegetarian or vegan
How to deal with family, friends, co-workers when they do not favor your plant based lifestyle
Exercise to de-stress and that complements a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle
Discussions and Acting out scenarios/how to respond to questions
Sharing Stories
Motivational tools, handouts

Class 4 - Meal Preparation

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Thursday is YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT DAY! Vegan and Vegetarian Nutritional Myths Debunked

ENCOURAGEMENT!

Nil Zacharias, C0-Founder One Green Planet and writer for the Huffington Post, wrote a great article entitled "Busted:Top Vegan Nutrition Myths." This article relates to both vegetarians and vegans in debunking myths such as protein, B12, and soy.

The Washington Post also wrote an article entitled "Five Myths About Vegans."

Let both article be your encouragement today to stop listening to the "haters" and "drama-queens/kings" in your life -the "drama people that try to put you down for living this lifestyle or wanting to transition to this lifestyle. Or, maybe you are standing in your own way? Get out of your way, and enjoy this lifestyle! Live as a vegetarian or vegan with pride! Wear this lifestyle proudly! Hold your head up high...walk proudly...and claim your VICTORY in this healthy revolution!!


~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday is your VICTORY DAY: Cara's story on how she changed her life through a vegetarian lifestyle

WEDNESDAY IS YOUR VICTORY DAY!!

CHANGE YOUR DIET - CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!

I love sharing stories about people who have switched to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, and have had their life change positively. WEDNESDAY is YOUR VICTORY DAY!

I ran across this blog entitled "Forks and Beans" where an empowering woman changed her life by becoming a vegetarian. Read Cara's story (link here for Cara's story on becoming a vegetarian and healing her body via her Forks and Beans Blog) on becoming a vegetarian, and healing the illnesses below which she also lists on her story page.

Some of Cara's symptoms before becoming a vegetarian (read more of the symptoms on her My Story Page):



  • nausea

  • acid reflux

  • bloating/gas

  • constipation

  • swollen joints

  • stomach pains

  • fatigue

My praises to Cara for changing her life around through a plant based diet!!!!


~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today is your Inspirational Day! Dealing with the "haters", "vegan police", and more!


INSPIRE!


Do you need some extra encouragement and inspiration today to maintain your vegan or vegetarian path?


How do you respond to the "haters" and "Drama-Queens/Kings" that create havoc in your life as you lead your journey? Remember, Sister always says to lead this journey for you! Do not listen to the people who say you will not acquire sufficient protein or you will starve! Acquire ammunition by educating yourself. That’s the best line of defense! Read my and other's blogs, view documentary videos on vegetarianism/veganism, and the positive affects on the environment and animals by leading this lifestyle. Need more ammunition to combat the protein question? Review my 10-4-11 post entitled

"We only need 6% protein a day
" which debunks the protein myth of more...more....more...protein where meat eaters receive too much protein which ends up causing diseases. The "meat in moderation" statement is a Meat-Poultry-Fish-Dairy marketing tool and not proven. Do not listen to that false statement. The only diet that has been scientifically proven to prevent, treat, reverse, and cure some diseases is a vegetarian and more so a vegan lifestyle.

I found this great story on Vegan Soapbox (
Keeping your Heart on your sleeve) about The Happy Herbivore (link here for The Happy Herbivore's story on why she no longer considers herself a vegan) who no longer considers herself a vegan not because of the comments by people who are against a plant based lifestyle, but because of a small group of vegans who believe that they must be the” vegan police. I found this story sad and it angers. I also address this same situation in my upcoming book, Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living , where I use this same situation as an empowering tool for you and indicate that we must continue to have strong minds, and realize that it is not us who must change. The ones who must change are those who feel that they must control others - we are all a family of vegetarians and vegans...looking to heal ourselves, the environment, fight for animal rights, and create social justice. We are all one family.

Remember, I am a vegan and choose to continue to call myself Sister Vegetarian because I believe that as a family, we need to come together and take a stand for and against the issues that became a catalyst for us in becoming a vegetarian or vegan. We do not need to stand against each other, but stand with one another as vegetarians and vegans. Let The Happy Herbivore's story give you inspiration to do not quit...do not listen to the "haters" and the "drama queens/kings." Get out of your own way and stop doubting yourself. You know who and whom you are as a vegetarian or vegan. Stand and be proud! Claim your VICTORY today!


~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I will be speaking at Farm Sanctuary's National Conference To End Factory Farming

I will be speaking at the Oct 27-29 DC event: Farm Sanctuary's National Conference to End Factory Farming. I will do a speech/presentation and be a panel participant on Day 3 (Oct 29) at 11:15 AM on the Plant Based Living Panel: Diet As A Tool For Change.

I will be joining 30 other speakers who will speak on various days during this event. Speakers include (link here for additional speakers):



  • Co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market John Mackey


  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Author of The China Study


  • President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wayne Pacelle



  • Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter


  • Family physician, NY Times best- selling author and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, M.D.


  • Director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Elizabeth Kucinich


  • Professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri Columbia, John Ikerd, Ph.D.


  • Farm Sanctuary's President Gene Baur

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"